Sleep got you down???
Ever wake up from what seems like a good night’s sleep but still feel tired and lethargic? You’re not alone. According to MSN.com, Michael Decker, Ph.D., a sleep specialist and associate professor at Case Western School of Nursing suggests that something called sleep inertia may be to blame.
“The term ‘sleep inertia’ describes that period of time in which our brain is struggling to engage its wake-maintaining areas, its cognitive and decision making areas, as well as motor function areas,” said Decker. This transition can take as little as one hour — and as long as four hours — to occur.
The business of sleep is booming
How much would you pay for a good night’s sleep? According to CDC, up to 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders and calls insufficient sleep a public health epidemic. And we agree, lack of quality sleep is a problem. From new mattresses to sleep spas, consumers are emptying their wallets to try and get better night’s rest, reports CBS News correspondent Gigi Stone Woods. There are temperature-controlled pillows, high-tech gadgets that track your sleep cycle and mattresses that can cost more than $100,000 — stuffed with genuine horsehair to help keep sleepers cool and dry.
Better sleep = better sex
A good night’s sleep may be the key to a better sex life in women. The New York Times reports a recent study found of women who were in romantic relationships, each extra hour of sleep corresponded to higher levels of sexual desire, and a 14% increase in the likelihood of sexual activity the next day.
Sleep your way to lower blood pressure
Want to lower your blood pressure? Start with a better night’s sleep. Huffington Post reports that a new study conducted by the Mayo Clinic found sleep plays a key role blood pressure regulation.
Blood pressure levels naturally rise and fall in a circular pattern throughout the day. They tend to peak in the middle of the afternoon, and reach their lowest points in the middle of the night during one’s deep sleep. In addition to confirming that inadequate sleep limited the anticipated decrease in blood pressure, the experiment revealed a higher nighttime heart rate in sleep-deprived subjects than those who experienced normal sleep.
Here at the Restonic SleepBlog we aim to help you get the best night’s sleep possible. Check out these latest posts with tips and tricks for making the most out of your sleep:
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